Oklahoma City Thunder assistant Monty Williams urged forgiveness during the eulogy at the funeral of his wife Ingrid, who died in a car crash. (Oklahoma City Thunder)

Hundreds of mourners, including many NBA players, packed into an Oklahoma City church Thursday for a memorial service for Ingrid Williams, the wife of Thunder assistant Monty Williams who died in a car crash last week. They heard Williams speak at length, and the 44-year-old coach urged compassion for the family of the driver whose car slammed into his wife’s vehicle, killing her and the driver.

Williams, known for his deep Christian faith, quoted several Bible verses as he told the audience at Crossings Community Church, “God causes all things to work out.” He acknowledged that it was “a pretty tough time” for him and his family, which includes five children, but he repeatedly stated that people should not “lose sight of what’s important” (full remarks can be viewed here).

“Everybody’s praying for me and my family, which is right,” Williams said. “But let us not forget that there were two people in this situation. And that family needs prayer as well. And we have no ill will toward that family. In my house, we have a sign that says, ‘As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.’ We cannot serve the Lord if we don’t have a heart of forgiveness.

“That family didn’t wake up wanting to hurt my wife,” Williams continued. “Life is hard. It is very hard. And that was tough. But we hold no ill will toward the Donaldson family. And we, as a group, brothers united in unity, should be praying for that family, because they grieve as well. So let’s not lose sight of what’s important.”

Oklahoma City authorities had identified the other driver in the car crash as Susannah Donaldson, and they said that the 52-year-old woman was going 92 mph in a 40-mph zone just before her Chevrolet Impala clipped another vehicle, then veered into an oncoming lane and slammed head-first into Ingrid Williams’s Chevrolet Suburban. A dog belonging to Donaldson and thought to have been sitting in her lap at the time of the accident also died.

Three of the Williams’s children were also in the Suburban, but their injuries were not life-threatening. At Thursday’s memorial service, Williams earned a laugh when he said, “When we walk away from this place today, let’s celebrate, because my wife is where we all need to be, and I’m envious of that — but I got five crumb-snatchers I have to deal with.”

According to the Thunder, the crowd at the service included Gregg Popovich, Doc Rivers, Alvin Gentry, Kiki Vandeweghe, Jerry Colangelo, Jeff Van Gundy, Tom Thibodeau, David West, Anthony Davis, Ryan Anderson, Chris Paul and Tim Duncan, along with the entire Thunder organization. Williams, who grew up in Fredericksburg and Oxon Hill and played at Potomac (Va.) High, played for five NBA teams before coaching stints with the Trail Blazers and Pelicans.