Ebby Halliday was admired worldwide for her ability to combine leadership with femininity and business acumen. For Ebby, life was about “doing something for someone every day.” Over the years, Ebby served the community by volunteering as president of the Thanksgiving Square Foundation and serving on the boards of the St. Paul Medical Foundation, the Communities Foundation of Texas and The Dallas County Community College District Foundation. She was very active in the Alexis de Tocqueveille Society for United Way, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra Guild, the North Dallas Chamber of Commerce, the State Fair of Texas and the Greater Dallas Planning Council.
Ebby Halliday was a member of the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, perhaps the crowning achievement of her legendary life. The association bears the name of the renowned author Horatio Alger, Jr. whose tales of overcoming adversity through unyielding perseverance and basic moral principles captivated the public in the late 19th century. Ebby embraced Alger’s belief that hard work, honesty and determination can conquer all obstacles.
Ebby Halliday passed away in 2015 at the age of 104. The Ebby Halliday Foundation was formed to continue Ebby’s philanthropic mission. The organization supports charitable and educational activities that serve women and children, including other 501 (c)(3) public charities in North Texas.
Ebby and her philanthropic impact were celebrated on the occasion of her 100th birthday.