Adelia "Dede" Robertson, beloved wife of M.G. "Pat" Robertson, founder of The Christian Broadcasting Network and Regent University, died on April 19th, at her home in Virginia Beach, VA. She was 94.
Dede Elmer was born on December 3, 1927, in Columbus, Ohio, to Ralph P. and Florence B. Elmer. She graduated from Ohio State University where she earned a bachelor's degree in Social Administration. She worked as a fashion model and was a beauty queen in the Miss Ohio State contest.
Dede continued her education at the prestigious Yale University School of Nursing where she received a Master of Nursing Degree. While attending Yale, she met M.G. "Pat" Robertson, a student in the Yale Law School. They were married in 1954.
Mrs. Robertson was a founding member of the boards and continued as a valued member of the boards of The Christian Broadcasting Network, Inc., Regent University, and Operation Blessing International Relief and Development Corporation.
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. 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.
Mrs. Robertson was also an accomplished writer, authoring 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.
Mrs. Robertson is survived by her husband, M.G. "Pat" Robertson, her four children, Timothy Robertson (Lisa), Elizabeth Robinson (Charles), Gordon Robertson (Katharyn), and Ann LeBlanc (Gary), 14 grandchildren, and 23 great-grandchildren.