A resident of Glenville, Ruby Coberly grew up in Gilmer County, WV. She graduated from Glenville High School and attended two years at Glenville State. Upon marrying, she moved to Baltimore where her husband worked in a shipyard. At the urging of her sister, Mrs. Coberly sought a paying job finding work with Montgomery Ward and then Pep Boys. Then in July 1945, she got a job in a defense plant working as a typist for Glenn L. Martin Aviation which built aircraft for the war effort. She and her husband moved back to West Virginia in September 1945. Later, she attended beauty school in Morgantown and eventually operated her own beauty shop in her home until retiring in 2009.