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Alaide Soares Letbetter

Alaide Soares Letbetter

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Alaide Soares Letbetter, age 91, of San Marcos, passed away on January 2, 2021.

Ala was born October 13, 1929, in Aroases, Brazil, a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Raimundo Soares de Oliveira.

She was preceded in death by the father of her children, Sanders Letbetter, her son, Kenny Ray Letbetter, and her daughter, Karen (Letbetter) Lavender.

Ala graduated from State High School in Teresina, Brazil. She attended Normal Teacher’s School in Teresina before moving to Ceara, Brazil, where she acquired her Bachelor of Science degree in Education.

Following her time spent working as the Supervisor of an elementary school in Fortaleza, Brazil, Ala was offered a scholarship to attend Baylor University in 1955. She moved to the United States to begin working on her master’s degree, where she met Sanders.

After moving to Brownwood to complete her Master of Education degree from Howard Payne University, they adopted their daughter Karen, in 1961, and their son Kevin, in 1964. They moved to Bryan where she received her teaching certificate from Texas A&M University.

Ala taught Spanish and English as a Second Language at Allen Military Academy for 26 years. During that time, she also received her Doctor of Latin American Studies degree in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Following her retirement from the San Marcos Baptist Academy in 1996, Ala was involved with numerous volunteer organizations and remained active in her church group and the Baptist Academy. She enjoyed spending time with her family and grandchildren, celebrating holidays and events with them. 

Ala is survived by her son, Kevin Ray Letbetter Sr. and her son in law, Charles Lavender. Remembered as “Vovo” to her grandchildren, she is also survived by Courtney (Lavender) Bastani, Meagan Lavender, Kacee (Letbetter) Robinson, and Kevin Ray Letbetter Jr., and three great-grandchildren, Railey and Rennan Robinson and Tahirih Bastani.

Visitation will be held at the Pennington Funeral Home, 323 N Comanche, San Marcos, Texas on Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 9 a.m. with a service following at 10 a.m.

Arrangements in care of Pennington Funeral Home, 323 N. Comanche, San Marcos, Texas 78666.512-353-4311 ~ www.penningtonfuneralhome.com 

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