Remembering Ebby Halliday, a Beloved Real Estate Icon
It is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to a dear friend and beloved real estate icon. Known as The First Lady of Real Estate, Ebby Halliday dedicated her life to serving the Dallas community. She turned a one-woman residential office into one of the largest and most successful residential brokerages in the country over her 70 year real estate career, and touched many lives along the way.
In a beautifully written tribute to her life and career, Ebby Halliday Realtors says: “Her impact on the residential real estate industry was unmatched. Over the years, Ebby opened the doors to successful careers for thousands of people; in particular for women at a time when opportunities were limited.”
Ebby’s work ethic started at the very young age of 8 years old when she started selling Cloverine salve to area wheat farms. It was there that she discovered her love for business and her knack for sales. She held many positions over the years including selling general merchandise during the Great Depression and hats in a department store in Kansas city, to owning her own hat boutique before she found her way to real estate.
Her real estate career began when she was approached by one of her customers, Clint Murchison, a Texas oilman, who was looking for someone to help him sell his unique single-family homes made of insulated concrete. He knew instantly that Ebby was perfect for the role. Following that, Ebby started Ebby Halliday Realtors in 1945, and the rest is history.
She received countless awards and recognitions over the years for real estate and for her giving spirit, including the Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of Realtors, the YWCA’s 100 Women 100 Years Award, and the Linz Award, presented to a Dallas County resident for their humanitarian efforts. She was also inducted into both the Texas and Dallas Hall of Fame, and was the first woman to receive the Executive Women International’s Executive Excellence Award. One of Ebby’s fondest memories, though, was being named honorary chair of NAR’s 100th anniversary Gala Black Tie Dinner at the age of 97.
Ebby’s greatest passion outside of real estate was serving her local community. She lived by one rule “Do something for someone every day”, and those that know her best know she lived and breathed this to the fullest during her 104 years.
Ebby Halliday was an inspiration to so many of us and will be greatly missed, but her legacy will live on for years to come. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Ebby’s Place at the YW, The Ebby House at Juliette Fowler Communities, Happy Hill Farm and Academy, or the charity of your choice.
In Loving Memory