Ruth Finley was a graduate of Douglass High School and Marshall University with degrees in Business Administration and Accounting. She worked in the Accounting Department of Qualpeco Industries until her retirement. She then became the owner and operator of her own boutique. Ruth and her husband James traveled extensively in the United States; but, after his death, Ruth expanded her travel worldwide. Ruth was very active in the Huntington community, having served on the YMCA Board of Directors; she was a charter member of the Fitzpatrick Society at the Huntington Museum of Art; chair of the scholarship committee of the Carter G. Woodson Memorial Foundation and was a member of the Catholic Daughters. She was twice appointed to the Cabell-Wayne Public Defender Board of Directors; served two terms with the Democratic Executive Committee, was a member of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women and was a life-time member of the NAACP. Ruth held a platinum membership in LINKS and was a charter member of the Charleston-Huntington Smart Set. Ruth was a member of Our Lady Fatima Catholic Church.