Adelia “Dede” Robertson, who was an influential leader with the Christian Broadcasting Network and the wife of prominent televangelist Pat Robertson, died April 19 at her home in Virginia Beach, VA. She was 94 and her death was announced by an obituary posted by Regent University in Virginia, which did not give a cause.
After marrying Pat Robertson in 1954, she became involved in the leadership of the Christian Broadcasting Network and Regent University. She also raised .four children who survived her — Timothy Robertson, Elizabeth Robinson, Gordon Robertson and Ann LeBlanc — 14 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.
“My mom was a rock,” said Ann LeBlanc in a statement. “She was a rock throughout our childhood. Dad had to travel a lot, but Mom was always there for us kids. … That gives great security to children.”
Gordon Robertson, who recently took over lead anchor duties for the long-running CBN program “The 700 Club,” also spoke out. .
“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,” Gordon Robertson said.
Born in Columbus, Ohio, in 1927, she attended Ohio State University and Yale University School of Nursing, receiving a Master of Nursing and met her future husband.
Dede Robertson was a board member for CBN, Regent University, and Operation Blessing International Relief and Development Corporation.
She also authored two books during the 1980s, My God Will Supply and The New You, and authored a monthly column for Christian Life Magazine.Dede Robertson also actively campaigned for her husband during his run for the Republican presidential nomination in 1988, visiting over 52 cities from 1987 to 1988.
Pat Robertson stepped down as the regular host of “The 700 Club” last year, handing the show to his son, Gordon Robertson, who was the coanchor for more than 20 years.
No memorial plans have been announced.