Carol R. Hill, a former bartender who was working as an artist, died Oct. 3 of undetermined causes at her home in Triangle, Va.

The former 20-year Fells Point resident was 51.

Ms. Hill had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis about five years ago, her sister said.

"We are waiting for the results of an autopsy and have been told that it may take up until 12 weeks," said her sister, Sharon Bohon of Skippack, Pa.

The former Carol Read was born in Shelbyville, Ind., and was raised in Center Valley, Pa., where she graduated in 1978 from Southern Lehigh High School.

Ms. Hill studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art. She had worked locally for many years as a bartender, including a long stint at the Rusty Scupper in the Inner Harbor.

In recent years, she had been working as an artist and had shown locally at various galleries.

"She worked in pen and ink and did incredibly detailed drawings of animals, fruit and faces," said Ms. Bohon.

Ms. Hill recently moved to Triangle with her companion of five years, Roger Roger.

Services are private.

In addition to her companion and sister, Ms. Hill is survived by her parents, Earl and Loretta Read of Center Valley; and two other sisters, Kathryn Read of Center Valley and Pat Read of Cranbury, N.J. An earlier marriage ended in divorce.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com