Jean Marie Dupey Wampler was born on January 6, 1948, in Wisconsin to James Dupey and Lila Lessard Dupey. She was the second of seven children: Steven, Ricky, Chuck, Mike, Diane and Sharon. The family moved to Denver when Jean was in high school, and she continued her education in Catholic schools.
Jean married Steve Wampler, who worked for the Denver Police Department, and the couple had two children, Kristine, born in 1973 and Sara born in 1975. The couple divorced after several years of marriage and Steve made his transition in 2014.
Jean worked throughout her adult life mostly in retail, holding positions with Safeway; Michael’s Arts & Crafts; Vitamin Cottage and a firm that specialized in liquidating retail stores. She especially liked the variety that came with the liquidation firm, which enabled her to travel to locations in several states for weeks at a time.
Jean is remembered as a spiritual being with a keen mind and huge heart. She was a consummate professional who owned and managed Full Moon Books from 2008 until the time of her passing in December 2023. She had a great eye for merchandise, whether the hottest metaphysical books by international or local authors, or rocks, crystals, instruments and a wealth of tools to support people on their unique and wonderful spiritual paths. Jean employed dozens of people over the years, from high school students to retirees and everyone in between. She was demanding and kind and wouldn’t ask an employee to do anything she wouldn’t do.
Customers loved talking with Jean about their astrological charts and latest find at the gem show. Jean also enjoyed hosting teachers and live events at the bookstore, providing a platform for a myriad of unique voices to be amplified and heard. Guest speakers included representatives of a wide rage of faith and spiritual traditions and paths, including those who did not identify as spiritual.
A no-nonsense person and keen thinker, Jean loved engaging with people. She shared her thoughts, ideas and beliefs and respectfully listened to those with a different perspective.
Jean received a diagnosis of end stage pancreatic cancer on November 8 and released her physical body on December 21, the Winter Solstice. She always did bring light to the darkness.
In the words of Kahil Gibran, the mystic poet whom Jean so loved, “What is it to cease breathing, but to free the breath from its restless tides, that it may rise and expand and seek God unencumbered? … When the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance.”
Jean was preceded in death by her parents and her brothers Ricky, Chuck and Mike. She is survived by her daughters Kristi and Sara and her three grandchildren, Benjamin and Gabriel Liebelt and Melanie Hickey. She is also survived by her two sisters, Diane Green (Chuck) and Sharon Ketterer (CJ).
Jean’s family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to the angels who supported Jean through hospice as well as numerous friends, employees and extended family who cared for her so beautifully in her last weeks.
A celebration of Jean’s life will be held on Friday, April 5, at Mile Hi Church Vogt Auditorium (smaller domed building), 9077 W. Alameda Ave., (at Garrison St.), Lakewood, CO, at 1:30 PM. Rev. Dr. David Goldberg will officiate.
A reception will follow at the church and a Sound Healing service with singing bowls will be offered in Jean’s memory at 3:30 PM, also in the Vogt Center. Rather than floral tributes, the family requests loved ones consider a contribution to the
or a charity of choice.