Paula Marie Ottley Woods Boodoosingh was simply named Paula Marie on her birth certificate. It wasn’t until age 22 that she became Paula Marie Ottley, assuming the surname of the man who raised her, whom she was told was her father. Paula never had a reason before then to view her birth certificate in any detail, but the need could no longer be denied as she began her journey to becoming a legal resident of the United States of America in the early 1980s.
Paula always knew she was different from her family. Not only was she born with the gifts of precognition and clairvoyance, and as a mnemonist with the extraordinary ability to recall vivid and detailed images, numbers, and dates throughout her life since she was an infant, but she also stood out physically from her brothers and sisters born to her parents Patrick Ottley Sr. and Thelma Neal. While her siblings shared a striking chocolate complexion with each other, along with jet black wavy hair and dark sparkling eyes, Paula had a caramel complexion with natural red/gold highlights in her hair and full big brown eyes.
As the third sibling, she questioned her mother often about her physical differences, about the whispers she had overheard of herself from the elders in the family while she was growing up, and from distinct memories of frequent interactions she’d had with her mom and a man she knew only as her God-father, Up until she was 3 and a half years old. Paula immigrated to the United States and settled in Brooklyn, New York, where she lived and trained in business administration.
She worked on Wall Street for many years and later in medical billing/coding specialist even after she became a mother. While raising her only child, daughter Bianca Jazzmine, who also took her last name “Ottley,” Paula put her queries about her paternity on hold as she managed the pressures of life as a single mother.