I was born LeaEllen Ramsey (pronounced Lee) no middle name, dropped Ellen in high school and just went by Lea. I was born on March 23, 1953 in San Diego at Balboa Naval Hospital. My mother, Leatha Warren, was born in Farmer City, Illinois. She met my stepdad Joseph Ramsey in San Diego during Fleet Week, while she was waitressing at a coffee shop. My stepdad was in the Navy; he served aboard submarines. As a military family, we traveled all over the United States from one military base to another in the back of a camper shell on a Ford pickup when seatbelts were not required. We settled in Pensacola, Florida, where I call home.