It was three years ago this past Saturday that the world lost Ebby Halliday. And while Ebby is probably the lead ukulele players in the angelic band, her spirit still inspires North Texans, both professionally and philanthropically.
According to Ebby’s longtime friend and associate Ebby Halliday President/CEO Mary Frances Burleson, “Each of us who had the good fortune of knowing Ebby was touched by the grace, fortitude and compassion with which she lived. Ebby had a very simple saying that she lived by, ‘Do something for someone every day.’ That small bit of wisdom served Ebby very, very well and has had a tremendous impact on many individuals and organizations in North Texas.”
Ebby sales associate Kay Weeks added, “Ebby did not have children of her own, but she help educate and support many young people.”
That proof was obvious at Ebby Halliday Library at Happy Hill Farm in Granbury, The Ebby House at Juliette Fowler Communities and the Ebby Halliday Elementary School in southeast Dallas.
To continue Ebby’s commitment to “charitable and educational activities that serve women and children in need in the greater North Texas region,” The Ebby Halliday Foundation has been created with Mary Frances, Ebby Halliday Companies CFO Ron Burgert, Jack Pfeffer, John Kober, Jefflyn Williamson and Ashley Cook as founding board members.
Ron said, “With the creation of the Ebby Halliday Foundation, we intend for Ebby’s impact to continue to be felt across our region for a long time.”
The Ebby twinkle in the eye may no longer shine, but her inspiration is brighter than ever.