Well, to wrap up this issue, as it turns out it had to have been the motor mount failing that caused the engine bracket to snap those bolts. Last week we replaced the transmission mount, driver side motor mount, engine bracket bolts. The shifter is back where it belongs and that problem appears to be solved aside from one bolt we could not get out of the block. Shifts a little smoother too but that could all be in my head.
Next step on this is to buy the Brown Dog engine brackets and motor mounts and never worry with this particular problem again.
One new development though, and this wasn't around before the break, I have a major vibration at 35 - 45 MPH that doesn't happen more than 20% of the time. Bad though. Gonna look at the track bar bushing and ball joints next.
Again, thanks for all the advice guys. It did help me out a lot.