Lee Svet was born in Ann Arbor, MI to Donald and Marion Knapp. She was married to David Svet for 34 years. Lee and David had one child, Clark Svet. Lee studied Architecture at the University of Cincinnati, where she met David and was a member of Kappa Delta sorority. She graduated from the University of Kansas. Lee spent her career doing what she loved, designing retail stores for Hallmark Cards, Helzberg Diamonds, The Hershey Company, and many others. She was a voracious reader, avid baker, and loving wife and mother.