Dede Robertson, wife of televangelist Pat Robertson, died on Tuesday. She was 94.
Dede was a founding board member of the Christian Broadcasting Network. CBN said in a statement that Dede died at her home in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
No cause of death was given.
“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,” her husband Pat, the founder of CBN, said in the statement.
The couple has four children.
“Mom was the glue that held the Robertson family,” said son Gordon Robertson, the CEO of CBN and host of The 700 Club. “She was always working behind the scenes. If it weren’t for mom, there wouldn’t be a CBN.” Pat stepped down as host of the 700 Club in 2021.
“I think the thing that’s been wonderful for all of us children to see was the extraordinary growth in my parents,” son Tim Robertson wrote. “As they got older, it seems like they were getting closer together. There was a sweetness and a gentleness in both of them. That was a great example for us kids to see.”
“My mom was a rock. She was a rock throughout our childhood,” daughter Ann LeBlanc said. “Dad had to travel a lot, but Mom was always there for us kids. That gives great security to children.”
Dede was a woman of “many virtues,” according to daughter Elizabeth Robinson, and was never one to “complain or want to give up.”
“She was steadfast. That’s what Dad needed beside him all these years; a steadfast partner,” Elizabeth said. “She was not too concerned about herself. She was selfless. I always saw that growing up. She would make sure we had before she had.”