First Lady of Dallas Real Estate Turns 102
The first lady of Dallas real estate turned 102 on Saturday, March 9. Ebby Halliday celebrated her birthday with over 500 well wishers, including friends, family, sales associates and staff members of Ebby Halliday Cos. Proceeds were collected at the event and Halliday plans to donate about $6,000 to a South Dallas elementary school for which she was named after.
Dressed in a black cowgirl skirt and roper boots, Halliday, accompanied by her assistant Hilaria Harris, was upbeat and ready to celebrate her special day, Western style. The birthday girl took the time to take a picture with almost everyone in attendance and after 2 hours, had spoken to each guest individually. The celebration also included gifts in the forms of real horseshoes that were engraved with the following message: “Thank you for helping me celebrate my 102nd birthday.”
Halliday founded her real estate company in 1945 and has since grown the business swiftly and lucratively. She currently has about 30 offices. In addition to celebrating her momentous birthday, 2012 was also a good year for the Halliday company. Her 1,500 sales associates secured almost 16,000 property transactions and earned a sales volume of about $4.8 billion. Another birthday bash is planned at the annual meeting at the Halliday headquarters in Addison.
“She had the best time today,” says Betty Turner, her longtime close friend and business associate.
Though 102, Ebby still has a zest for life, attending Tony Orlando’s Christmas show after receiving a personal invitation last December. “Tie a Yellow Ribbon ’Round the Ole Oak Tree” is Ebby’s all-time favorite song.
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