My grandmother was Ella Elizabeth Sophia Drewel Kleager, and in her later years called herself "Eleanor". She became a widow at the age of 35 in 1929 at the start of the Depression, with 5 boys aged 11, 11, 9, 7 and 5.
During World War II all FIVE of her sons were in the military at one time. In August, 1945 she wrote to one of them (we don't know which one):
Kind of makes you think.