Mary Frances Burleson, 2002 Texas REALTORS® chairman and longtime president and CEO of Ebby Halliday Companies, died November 26 at the age of 87.

Burleson began her legendary real estate career in 1958 as a temp at Ebby Halliday, REALTORS® in Dallas. She was mentored by Halliday herself, rising through the ranks of the company until in 1989 Burleson was named president. Over the years, Burleson would mentor countless agents, believing that she had a responsibility and obligation to help others succeed.

Her unsurpassed commitment to giving back extended beyond her brokerage. Burleson volunteered in leadership positions at the MetroTex Association of REALTORS®, Texas REALTORS®, and National Association of REALTORS®. And she holds the record for the highest lifetime investment in the history of the REALTOR® PAC at $273,879.

“The real estate industry lost a true legend and iconic leader in Mary Frances Burleson,” said Texas REALTORS® President/CEO Travis Kessler. “Texas REALTORS® joins the many that mourn her passing and celebrate the legacy that she leaves for us all. As a former chairman of Texas REALTORS® and a business and industry leader, her passion and commitment made an indelible mark that will continue to positively impact real estate professionals and consumers alike. We will miss her.”