During her husband's extended missions, she suffered from depression and was encouraged by her psychiatrists to find something meaningful to do, eventually finding solace in the Church of Unitology. She became highly devout in the religion, going so far as to sell all of her assets to the Church. This decision would negatively affect Isaac, who would be forced to forego admission to a prominent engineering college due to lack of finances and go to a lesser college. This also made Isaac hate and distrust Unitologists and Unitology in general.
- Like her husband and son, the name Octavia Clarke references two revered science fiction writers: Octavia Butler and Arthur C. Clarke.