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Adelia “Dede” Robertson, the first lady of the Christian Broadcasting Network, died Tuesday at her home in Virginia Beach. The wife of famous “700 Club” televangelist Pat Robertson was 94 years old.
Her death was confirmed in a statement from the network that they both founded and directed for almost seven decades, although the official cause of her death was not revealed.
“Dede Robertson was a woman of great faith, a champion of the Gospel and an outstanding servant of Christ who has left an indelible mark in everything she did during her extraordinary life,” Pat, 92, said in a statement. .
She was born Dede Elmer on December 3, 1927 in Columbus, Ohio, she later graduated from The Ohio State University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Social Administration. She worked as a model and beauty queen and was eventually crowned Miss Ohio State.
She continued her education at Yale University School of Nursing, where she earned a master’s degree in nursing, and she met M.G. “Pat” Robertson, a student at Yale Law School, in 1952.
The couple fled to marry a justice of the peace in 1954, knowing neither their Catholic parents nor their Southern Baptist brood would approve, embarking on a journey that included living in a cockroach-infested commune in New York before Pat.
Robertson’s husband was interested in politics until he found religion, she told the Associated Press in 1987. He stunned her by spilling her drink, ripping a nude photo off the wall and declaring that he had accepted Christ into his heart. .
They moved to the Bedford-Stuyvesant commune because Robertson said God had told him to sell all his possessions and help the poor. Robertson told The AP that she was tempted to go back to Ohio, “but I realized that’s not what the Lord would have me do… I had promised to stay, so I did.”
Later, Pat “heard God” tell him to buy the small television station in Portsmouth, Virginia, that would become a worldwide religious broadcast network. With dedicated support from Dede, she ran the network’s flagship show, the “700 Club,” for half a century before stepping down in the fall of 2021.
Robertson poked fun at her husband’s refusal to help around the house
In her 1984 autobiography, “The New You,” Robertson poked fun at her husband’s refusal to help around the house: “I was a Northerner, and Northerners generally help around the house a little more. I noticed that the more to the south we moved, less did”.
Her attitude changed after she had her own born-again experience at a church service: “I began to see how important what he was doing really was.”
Robertson said women shouldn’t work outside the home while their children are young unless they have to. She raised her children and worked as a nursing teacher after they went to school.
“My mom was a rock. She was a rock during our childhood,” her daughter Ann LeBlanc told CBN. “Dad had to travel a lot, but mom was always there for us children… that gives the children a lot of security.”
Robertson is survived by her husband and her four children: Elizabeth, Gordon, Timothy and Ann Le, as well as 14 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.