By Andrea Papagianis
Ruby Netzley, a former Dana Point City Councilwoman who served as mayor in 1999 during the city’s 10th anniversary of incorporation, died on Sunday, July 20 at her home in Dana Point. She was 90.
Netzley, the eldest of three children, was born in Ellis, Texas to Hurbert and Pearl Marcia. Netzley married her husband Hal Netzley in 1944 and they had one daughter, Barbara, who was by her mother’s side when she died, said family friend Jill Tomlinson.
Along with her family, Netzley came to Dana Point in the early 90s and quickly adopted the community.
A longtime employee of Southern California Edison, Netzley rose through the utility’s rank in the tariff department. In her role, Netzley worked with San Diego Gas & Electric and leaders in Sacramento to establish electric rates for customers throughout Southern California.
Netzley also committed her knowledge and work ethic to the city of Dana Point. She was elected to the City Council in 1997 and served as mayor in 1999 until her term ended in 2000.
“Everything that Ruby did, she did it to the best possible degree it could be done,” Tomlinson said.
A dedicated member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Netzley joined committees to help further the church’s message and became involved in the women’s Relief Society with her daughter.
Upon retiring, Netzley became more involved at church, serving on the public affairs committee.
“Ruby never really retired, she always had her hand in something,” Tomlinson said.
She stepped down from the public affairs committee until 2011 when a throat condition made it difficult to speak. It’s a committee she served on until she was 87 years old.
A memorial service was held on Friday, July 25. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the local Boy Scout Troop No. 730. Donations made in Ruby Netzley’s name can be mailed to Boy Scout Troop No. 730, 49 Rollins Place, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677.