“Do something nice for someone every day.”
“Get up, suit up, show up.”
Favorite quotes from Ms. Ebby Halliday that will forever be etched in my mind!
When I began my career as a real estate agent in 2006, I had no idea who Ebby Halliday was. I only remember seeing her maroon and white signs all around town. It wasn’t until I met another agent in one of my classes who told me about Ebby Halliday and her company that I decided I wanted to work there. I then met Ms. Ebby, signed my name on the dotted line and it has become one of the best decisions I have ever made!
The first time I met Ms. Ebby, she was playing a ukulele while singing “Happy Days Are Here Again.” Who was this 95-year-old CEO who still came to work everyday suited up like she was ready for a listing appointment? Well, I soon learned that she was a lady with a golden heart and an unbelievable work ethic. As busy as she was, she maintained an opened door policy and any of her 1500 agents could stop in and visit with her at any time. She was the first person I knew who stood while working at her desk…even at 95. She drove herself to work daily; until she said people stopped riding with her…she was 98 or 99 at that time:)
When she was 100 years old, she was still very much involved in the decision making at the office. She even fired one of secretaries. After her 100th birthday party, I was helping out with reception at the corporate office. In walked Mr. Ross Perot to see Ms. Ebby. In his hand was a special sword encased in a beautiful frame. Mr. Perot personally stopped by the office to make sure it was hung correctly. I watched as he and Ebby finally found the right location in the foyer for the gift.
It wasn’t until her memorial service that I realized that she was a woman of God. I knew she attended church, many people do, but Ms. Ebby studied the word of God. The pastor of Highland Park Baptist church read the comments about God’s word she scribed in the books that sat by her bedside. She has a building named after her on the campus of Dallas Baptist University and at 101 years of age she made a 3-year monetary commitment to the university, which she fulfilled earlier this year.
In true Ebby fashion, Ms. Halliday planned her own memorial service for her agents, family and friends that was filled with plenty of commentary about her professional and personal achievement. At the conclusion of the service, a video played of her with her ukulele singing “Happy Days Are Here Again.” How fitting this song was at this time. Ebby was happy to meet her maker and to see her friends and family again.
Rest in Peace Ms. Ebby.