LeFever grew up on a farm in small town Ohio. From there she earned her BFA in Painting and Art Education and a minor in Arts Management from Bowling Green State University. While there, LeFever took part in programs that allowed her to study in both New York City and Florence, Italy.
After graduation, LeFever and her husband opened LeSo Gallery in Toledo, OH. They also coordinated and participated in multiple community initiatives in their East Toledo neighborhood. In 2015, after adopting two special needs dogs, priorities shifted closer to home, which allowed LeFever to reinvest in her own work.