Groundbreaking Women: Ebby Halliday's secrets of strength



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Posted on September 12, 2012 at 6:18 PM

Updated Friday, Sep 14 at 2:39 PM

DALLAS – Stepping inside Ebby Halliday’s Dallas office is like opening a history book told from the perspective of a woman who has been working since she was 14.

Halliday moved to Dallas in 1938 with her dreams in tow.  She's still going today at age 101.

“I stepped off that train and thought I had died and gone to heaven,” she said. 

Here she developed a company built on the foundation of service: "Service to the client, service to the community, and service to the industry itself," she said.

Halliday pushed to sponsor Little League baseball and soccer to support the community early on. Through a century of life, her wisdom is simple. 

“I've learned that I don't know everything,” she said. 

In fact, every day is about  new growth. But she does know with certainty that family first is her foundation, and that leaning on other female leaders creates inner strength.  

“Strong women make other women strong," she said.

Halliday said reinventing herself was a must; she's lived through World War I, the Depression and  World War II. But she made it through, with a little inspiration.  

“Work like a man and conduct yourself like a lady," she said. 

Halliday's longevity isn't just physical, it's mental. She's already talking about her next year of life.

“I hope I am still walking at 102," she said. 

And still surrounding herself with quality companions.

“Roger Staubach said in my book that we have something in common," Halliday said. "We both had great teams.”

This is the third piece in a series about Groundbreaking Women in North Texas. Yesterday, we profiled Brandi Todd, a Stephenville mother who is determined to walk again after having 90 percent of her spine severed in a random stabbing. Read that here.