Pat Robertson passed away on Thursday in his Virginia Beach home. He was married to the late Adelia “Dede” Robertson. She died in 2022 when she was 94 years old. An obituary was published on the network’s website announcing her passing.

Who was Dede Robertson?

Dede Robertson was the wife of televangelist Pat Robertson and a founding member of the Christian Broadcasting Network. She met him while attending Yale University. They were married by a justice of the peace 18 months after they first met, despite the fact that neither family would have approved. Pat sought the Republican presidential candidature in 1988, and his wife Dede campaigned alongside him.

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According to the statement by her late husband Pat Robertson, “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.”

Adelia Elmer was born on Dec 3, 1927, in Columbus, Ohio. She graduated from Ohio State University with a bachelor’s in social administration and Yale with a master’s in nursing.

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After the couple got married, Pat claimed that God had instructed him to sell all of his assets and serve the underprivileged, so they moved into a commune in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn. According to Dede, she had been tempted to return to Ohio, “but I realized that was not what the Lord would have me do.”

The Inter-American Commission of Women, which was founded in 1928 to promote the acknowledgment of women’s rights in Latin America, selected Dede as its chief representative in 1982. She served in that position until 1990. She also served as a board member for the Virginia Beach-based Regent University that her husband founded.

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Pat and Dede Robertson are now survived by their two sons named Gordon, and Timothy, two daughters named Elizabeth Robinson and Ann LeBlanc, 14 grandchildren, and 23 great-grandchildren.