Iconic Ebby Halliday of Ebby Halliday Realtors – a major player in Dallas area Real Estate for over 60 years – passed away in her sleep on September 8th. She was 104.
She was born in Arkansas on March 9, 1911 as Vera Lucille Koch. But when she was a young woman, a department store supervisor suggested she make a change.
Ebby started in business in 1929 in Abilene, Kansas in 1929. She sold hats at a store and within a year she was the top saleswomen. She moved to Texas in the 1930s, selling hats and later founder her own business, Ebby’s Hats. Later, she became a realtor and went from hats to houses.
In 1945, Ebby Halliday Realtors was contracted to sell 52 hard-to-sell insulated cement homes on the old Walnut Hill Golf Course in Dallas. It was selling of these homes that became the springboard that led to a company that is now one of the largest privately-owned real estate firms in the nation.
Ebby Halliday definitely shaped the industry, but she also strongly believed in community service, assisting numerous causes and was honored with many awards, including the Horatio Alger Award in 2005. She also assisted many candidates and officeholders in the Republican Party over the years.
The Metroplex lost a strong businesswoman and community icon in her passing.
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