Alice of Dallas, R.I.P. You Will Be Missed, Never Forgotten

When I think of “Dallas Alice” Slaney Davis, I think of the original Dallas personalities who made this great city the real estate powerhouse it has become: Ebby Halliday, Mary Frances Burleson, Virginia Cook, Paula Stringer, Jenny Ling, Mona Biskamp…

And Alice Slaney Davis.

“Alice of Dallas”, as she called herself (and everyone called her) could light up a room with her beautiful presence. As so many have said, Alice “never met a stranger”. And when she met a friend, she made you feel like you were walking on air. You actually parted ways being better just for having been touched by the very genuine Alice of Dallas.

I was heartsick to learn earlier this week at the North Dallas/Park Cities MLS meeting that this legendary Dallas Realtor and beautiful human being passed away last Saturday, June 23, 2018.

“Alice never met a stranger, and she always made sure everyone felt included and appreciated, says Keith Newman,  Associate Broker Manager at Ebby Halliday Realtors famed Little White House. “She knew how to work a room, to engage with people, and she was genuinely interested in what they had to say.  She was never afraid to strike up a conversation with someone she did not know. She always had something positive and uplifting to say.”
Alice was a very special lady. She was born in Philipsburg, Pennsylvania in 1932. She attended Thompson College, married James Slaney, and lived in a variety of cities: Baltimore Maryland, Roanoke Virginia, Buffalo New York, Pittsburg Pennsylvania, Los Angeles California. Alice moved to Dallas in 1966.

It was a pivotal time in this city. In 1970, Alice began her famous career in real estate, remaining active until May of this year. She was involved in countless TAR Boards and Commissions, was a Realtor & Broker Emeritus, a mentor and role model for many.

Alice joined Ebby Halliday Realtors in 1990, managing their fast-growing Coit at Campbell office. Later she joined the company’s home office, becoming Director of the Ebby Referral Associates Alumni Group.

According to Alice “Realtors never retire, they just get “Listless”.”

Alice was incredibly active: a Founding Member and past President of the Northwood Woman’s Club and involved in many charities focused on supporting woman during their journey through life.

Her journey left a legacy of family. Alice is survived by her children; Scott Slaney and his wife Lisa of San Francisco, California, and Lynn Slaney Silguero (also an Ebby agent) and her husband Paul, of Frisco, Texas; her grandson, Josef Slaney of Houston, Texas; her brother James Woodring and his wife Beverly, of Cary, North Carolina; as well as nieces, nephews, in-laws and the thousands of friends and colleagues she cared about so deeply.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Floyd “Bud” Selbst, Richard Davis, and James Slaney; her sister Margaret Capatch; and her brothers, Wesley Woodring and Bob Woodring.

Alice was a strong believer in paying it forward. In that light, the family requests that memorial gifts be designated to Kidney Transplant Research at Mayo Clinic. Gifts can be mailed directly to Mayo Clinic, Department of Development, 200 First Street SW, Rochester, MN 55905, or made on-line at NWC-Northwood Woman’s Club Charitable Fund, Ebby Halliday Foundation mailed to: 4455 Sigma Rd. Dallas, Texas 75244.

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  • Oh wow, I remember Alice of Dallas, and you’re so right, she was always kind and welcoming. I was working at Coldwell Banker when the Stringer family purchased the Dallas offices, and I then was fortunate enough to work for the Stringers. We held a “reunion party” to welcome Paula back into Dallas real estate, and I met Alice that evening. She was a gem. When you meet someone who is genuinely kind, funny, and caring they stand out – and Alice of Dallas always stood out. My condolences to her family. May her memory be a blessing to them, and to all of us.