Serena Florio, left, hugs her son Logan, 5, as she talks on the phone to her mom, Laurie, for Mother’s Day on May 10, 2020, at The Villa at Blue Ridge long-term care facility in Columbia, Mo. Laurie moved into Blue Ridge in October 2019. What was a difficult choice at the time, Laurie's partner Jaye Wright said, has become more so since COVID-19 isolation orders took effect. This is the third time Florio and her four children have come to see Laurie through the door since the facility suspended all medically unnecessary visits in March. “It will be OK some day, I promise,” Serena reassured her mother.
Sporting KC midfielder Yohan Croizet celebrates after scoring against FC Dallas on June 16, 2018, at Children's Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kan. Croizet's volley in the 89th minute from outside the goal box took SKC to the Open Cup quarterfinals with a 3-2 victory. The goal was later voted the best goal scored at Children's Mercy Park by Sporting fans on Twitter.
Members of the Missouri United Methodist Church Chancel Choir perform "Requiem in D minor, Op. 48" by Gabriel Fauré on March 1, 2020, in Columbia, Mo. The church paired the requiem with a live painting from University of Missouri art professor and interpretive visual artist Matt Ballou. The compositions used acrylic paints and religious imagery to discuss “the idea of death being bittersweet, if you have this hope of an afterlife,” Ballou said. The singers are reflected in one of the church's flat-screens, which display live video feeds of the services as well as lyrics to the hymns.

Music Express, nestled in the heart of Carnival Midway, is one of more than 30 rides dotting the Missouri State Fairgrounds on August 13, 2021, in Sedalia, Mo. The fair was canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but it returned the following year, just in time for Missouri's bicentennial celebration.

Terry Williamson prays inside her car on March 29, 2020, outside C2 Church in Columbia, Mo. The church offered a drive-thru prayer service as part of its response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The first thing Williamson did upon arrival was thank her prayer partner, C2 communication director Megan Bode, for the program and the church community as a whole. “It was the highlight of my week,” Williamson said about in-person Sunday services.
Sean Guffey laughs during a portrait session on March 14, 2020, in Columbia, Mo. Guffey is a special education teacher and salmon fisherman from Rolla, Missouri. He spends five to seven weeks each summer in Bristol Bay, Alaska, harvesting wild sockeye salmon on his boat, the Watermen. Guffey uses gill nets, refrigerated seawater and a tight schedule to gather as many fish as he can in the sustainability-focused bay's limited timeframe. "My way's the most efficient it can be," Guffey said. "It has to be."
From left, Rachel Kirchner; Dylan Kirchner, 1; Carmen Atkins, 11; Simon Atkins, 7; and Amanda Atkins spend an afternoon together on April 27, 2020, in the Kirchners’ driveway in Columbia, Mo. Atkins is a day care provider who saw a steep drop in her program during closures surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. She and her two children began a routine of dropping off books, puzzles and other materials to stay in touch with the children for whom she has cared. “When this is over, I want to have a play date with you,” Simon shouted out the car window to the Kirchners upon arrival.
Christopher Daubert, dean of the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources (CAFNR), introduces Lt. Gov Mike Kehoe at the college's 150th anniversary celebration on Feb. 24, 2020, at Jesse Hall in Columbia, Mo. “To put things in perspective, in 1870, America was still recovering from the Civil War,” Daubert said in his opening speech.
Pavan Rao celebrates a Kansas City Chiefs touchdown at a Super Bowl watch party on Feb. 2, 2020, in Kansas City, Mo. The Chiefs came back from a 10-point deficit to win their first Super Bowl in 50 years. Thousands flocked to the Power & Light District in downtown Kansas City, filling the outdoor venue past half capacity by 11 a.m. "Look around," local sportscaster and the evening's host Nate Bukaty told the crowd shortly before the game ended. "Remember this. Because this is historic."
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