The wife of televangelist Pat Robertson has died at her home at the age of 94.
Dede Robertson passed away on April 19 at the couples Virginia Beach, VA, home. She is survived by her husband of nearly 70 years, M.G. “Pat” Robertson, as well as 4 children, 14 grandchildren, and 23 great-grandchildren.
Pat Robertson is the founder of the Christian Broadcasting Network and Regent University and hosted the television show The 700 Club for many years.
An obituary posted for Dede on the Regent University website says she was born on December 3, 1927, in Columbus, Ohio. She received a Master of Nursing Degree from Yale University. It was while attending Yale, that the couple met while Pat was attending the law school. They were married in 1954.
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"In 1982, she was appointed as the principal U.S. delegate to the Inter-American Commission of Women, where she represented the United States from 1982 to 1990," her obituary says. "In that capacity, she played a key role in elevating the status of the women who lived in Latin America. Dede was selected Christian Woman of the Year in 1986."
She was also an author, publishing two books, My God Will Supply, and The New You. She also wrote a monthly column, "All in a Woman’s Day," for Christian Life Magazine.
“Dede Robertson was a woman of great faith, a champion of the Gospel, and a remarkable servant of Christ who has left an indelible print on all that she set her hand to during her extraordinary life,” says Pat Robertson in the obituary.
“Mom was the glue that held the Robertson family together. She was always working behind the scenes. If it weren’t for Mom, there wouldn’t be a CBN,” says Gordon Robertson, on of the couple's sons. He has taken over hosting duties of The 700 Club since Pat stepped down in 2021, and is also the president and CEO of CBN.
Pat Robertson has often come under fire for statements he's made while hosting the show, including for his views on other religions, faith healing, and natural disasters being the result of God punishing places for sin.