Televangelist Pat Robertson’s wife DeDe dies at Virginia home aged 94
I used to cover a lot of Pat Robertson’s anti-single blunders (you can see links to them below, under “Related Posts”). The dude is very insensitive to single adults (especially women) who are age 40 or older and would like to marry but can’t meet anyone.
Robertson used to host Christian television show The 700 Club for years, going back to the 1970s, maybe the 1960s? Pat Robertson retired from daily 700 Club hosting several months ago. He now only appears on that show occasionally.
I am sorry Robertson’s wife is dead, but… I can’t help but notice that Pat Robertson is single now.
Of course, he’s probably around age 86 or 87 at this point, so I seriously doubt he would want to date or re-marry at this point, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he finds himself more lonely without his spouse.
Let’s see how far his “God puts the lonely in families” quasi-platitude gets him – that is the line he almost always sputtered out any time an adult single would write to him saying,
“Look, I’ve been single for years, I’ve prayed for a spouse, but I don’t have one, what’s the deal.”
I mean, I can’t help but wonder if now that he’s single again – and he will perhaps find himself lonely, if he’s more or less shuffling around in a house by himself alone, now that his wife is deceased – will he develop more empathy for people who are single?
I think of all the single adults over the years who wrote his show for advice, because they were still single at age 35, 45, whatever age, they said God was not sending spouses, dating sites hadn’t worked – and Robertson would either give them fluffy platitudes that don’t work, or he would shame the older single ladies for being single and for admitting they were tired of being single and wanted a spouse.
I don’t know if Robertson is too old to realize now that his wife is gone how lonely or bad at times it can be to be single when you had wanted married companionship.
Maybe Robertson will experience loneliness now that his wife is gone, and maybe that, in turn, will prompt him to develop the empathy towards never-married, lonely adults who said they wanted to marry but couldn’t meet anyone.
Because, for the years I watched his show, Robertson didn’t seem to have much empathy for single adults who wrote his show saying they were tired of being single and didn’t understand why God didn’t send them a spouse. Hopefully, his now-single status will cause him to reflect on how poorly he treated other single adults previously.
by Alyssa Guzman
April 20, 2022
Adelia ‘Dede’ Robertson, the wife of religious broadcaster Pat Robertson and a born-again Christian, died of unknown causes at 94 at her home in Virginia Beach.
Her cause of death is unknown, but her obituary thanked Trinity Hospice for the ‘wonderful care they provided to Dede during the past months.’
Robertson was born on December 3, 1927, to middle-class Christian Republicans Ralph and Florence Elmer in Columbus, Ohio. She went on to get a bachelor’s degree in Social Administration from The Ohio State University and eventually a nursing degree from Yale, where she met her husband televangelist Pat.