Arlete Bitencourt Jones was born on 11 September 1983 in Prudentopolis, Brazil to Laudelina Vargas and Setembrino Jose Bitencourte. She was the youngest of 10 children. Growing up she cared for several of her nieces and nephews.
Ever since she was a young child her dream was to go to college and ultimately earn a doctorate in psychology. She taught herself English and was perfectly bilingual; and she finally realized her dream of going to college in in May of 2013, as a full-time mother, she received her bachelor’s degree in psychology. In May of 2018 she earned a Master’s degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University.
She often said her greatest achievement and gift from God was bearing two children, Alexander in November of 2007 and Gabriela two years later in 2009. She was the cornerstone of the Jones household, often organizing for the eventual moves that came with military life.
Arlete was a licensed resident in counseling in the Commonwealth of Virginia and her specialty was children’s mental health. Always looking out for the other person, Arlete donated her organs and her family has been informed five people received her organs and their lives have been saved in the selfless act.
Arlete is survived by her husband Robert Jones; son Alexander Jones; daughter Gabriela Jones; her mother, Laudelina Vargas; brothers Dary, Albary, Sandro (Beto) Carlos,and Adelar; sisters Janete, Claudia, Ivone, and Lisa; as well as scores of nieces and nephews and in-laws in four different countries. She was preceded in death by her father Setembrino Bitencourt.
Arlete slipped the surly bonds of earth to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on 25 September 2020. Our loss is great, but He is greater.
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