Bachelor in Interior Design, Mount Mary College, 1986. Postgraduate, Mount Mary College. Candidate, Mount Mary College, 2010.
Bachelor of Philosophy in Journalism, Marquette University, 1951.
Women's feature writer Milwaukee Sentinel, 1952—1954, home furnishing editor, 1956—1964. Interior designer Designed Interiors, 1964—1990. Writing instructor Milwaukee Area Technology College, since 1958.
Instructor interior design Waukesha (Wisconsin) County Technology College, 1989—1999. Feature writer 50 Plus Magazine, Hartland, since 1996, Today's Wisconsin Woman Magazine, Hartland, since 1998.
Member of National Association Professional Women, National Association Professional Women, Milwaukee Allied Writers, Milwaukee Area Academy Alliance in English, Future Milwaukee.
Married Merlyn Bud Lea, December 6, 1928. Children: Dean, Perry.