Brenda W. Imus, 61, of Swanson Hill Road, Kennedy, N.Y., passed away Saturday (March 23, 2013), at UPMC in Pittsburgh, Pa.
Brenda was a loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She was an advocate for the sound and humane treatment of gaited horses and devoted her life to the education of horse owners and lovers all over the country. In between travelling around the country to horse venues and expos to serve as an invited clinician to teach her prin-ciples. She authored and published five books in-cluding ''Gaits of Gold'' and, most recently, The ''Gaited Horse Bible.'' Brenda also invented and developed her own ground-breaking line of horse saddles and bits which were designed to provide comfort to horses in a way that was never before con-sidered. Her legacy to her four legged-friends and their owners will live on long after her passing.
She was a lifetime member of Friends of Sound Horses and FOE Aerie 2145. Besides her personal and professional passion for horses, she en-joyed reading, writing, and prided herself on her poker skills.
Brenda's easy smile, gut-busting laugh and propensity to pull practical jokes will be greatly missed.
Brenda was born June 8, 1951, and was a 1969 gra-duate of Falconer High School. She was preceeded in death by her mother, Betty Pierce; her father, Manley Mills; her twin brother, Bruce Wilson; and her "second parents," uncle and aunt Harold and Neva Carlson.
She is survived by four children: Antonia (Paul Lanphear) Cotton, Charlie Imus, Zack (Brooke) Imus, and Jamie (Josh) Evan; three grandchildren: Charlanna (James) Johnson, Jordan Lanphear and Sophie Evan; three great-grandchildren: Jamirra, Javette, and Javonni Johnson; a brother, James Snyder; and a sister, Beatrice Lindahl.
Visitation will be held at Falconer Funeral Home, Falconer, N.Y., on Thursday, March 28, 2013, from 4-7 p.m. A funeral service will follow directly after.
Donations (including PayPal) can be made in Brenda's name to Friends of Sound Horses at www.fosh.info.