TOWN OF CHENANGO, N.Y. (WIVT/WBGH) – Motorists along Upper Front Street in the Town of Chenango were relieved to see a familiar sight today, debunking a social media rumor that the Waving Lady had died.
Pat Crossman is known across the community as the Waving Lady. In an effort to brighten people’s day, she stands near the bridge over Castle Creek in the Town of Chenango and waves to passing drivers. Over the years, Crossman has gained quite the fanbase. So, when a concerned individual took to Facebook this weekend to ask about her whereabouts, the rumors of Crossman’s death quickly began to spread. Individuals started honoring the Waving Lady by posting rest in peace and sharing personal stories. A large bouquet of roses with a sign saying “In memory of Pat. We will miss you, thank you” had even been left in her usual waving spot. However, she is not dead and has since returned to waving.
Crossman told NewsChannel34 that she is doing well, and she is not sick. She said she first heard about the rumor yesterday morning and has no idea where it came from.
“Somebody came over to Mirabito yesterday morning and said, ‘You’re supposed to be dead.’ So, don’t ask me,” said Crossman.
“Well, you’re very much alive, right?” said NewsChannel34’s Jim Ehmke.
“Yes I am. Okay guys? I’m here. Thank you for the flowers. God bless you,” said Crossman.
Crossman says all of the well wishes have boosted her spirits as she had been feeling depressed lately. She says she did take several days off from waving recently so she could look for a new place to live. Crossman has told NewsChannel 34 in the past that she lives in a barn with her many cats out near Coventry.
She says she appreciates everyone’s concerns and also the flowers.